Why, hello there!

It’s true. I’m enamored with travel. So much so that I feel it should be an adjective, a feeling, a state of being. All you wanderlusters, wayfarers, nomads, travel junkies and thrill seekers know what I’m talking about. You could be on a trip somewhere amazing and already be dreaming up future travels for the next year, next month – heck – next week!

Breakfast at REI’s

Like shimmering diamonds resting on a woman’s fair neck, the turquoise-tinted aluminum of the Black Diamond trekking poles caught my eye as they magnificently reflected the fluorescent glow from overhead. It was a typical Saturday for me – perusing one of my neighboring REI stores. Most Saturdays I “window shop” here. But that day was…

I had to break the rules so I could follow the rules

“Well, what are we gonna do now?” the visa control agent asked me in Lao, his accent lilting like those who are from that southern part of the country. I had just landed at the Pakse International Airport, the common layover point for those traveling in and out of Laos. I was on my way…